Most kids in the United States don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and unfortunately they’re also eating too much sugar, salt, and fat. Children in low-income communities have even less access to healthy food. To help improve the health of our nation’s most vulnerable kids, Canyon Ranch Institute is partnering with Canyon Ranch to strengthen innovative collaborations improving the nutrition of children in communities nationwide.
Through a competitive application process, we selected four teams for the 2016 Canyon Ranch Institute Healthy World Scholarship. The interdisciplinary teams – made up of 15 dedicated experts from such diverse fields as health care, food service, education, and non-profits – live and work in the communities of Chinle, AZ; Greenville, SC; Savannah, GA; and Wilkes County, NC. During their scholarship visit to Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ, the teams participated in workshops on health literacy, nutrition and cooking, partnership development and sustainability, and measurement and evaluation. The experience was designed to support and strengthen the teams’ collaborative efforts to improve the health and well-being of children in their communities.